Breaking Dawn - Part 2: Romance porn without the cynicism
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is not so much a story to behold as a rite that must be performed, come hell, high water, asteroids plunging into Earth or ebola epidemic.
So it is to the credit of the film-makers that this film was made with as much evident care, even though the studio could have released a work featuring sock puppets and the faithful would still turn up in traffic-choking numbers.
Director Bill Condon (who also helmed Part 1, released last year) manages to keep a firm grip on the film's tone - it is sombre without lapsing into turgid self-importance (as happened with the second chapter, New Moon, 2009). He paces it well, too. Things start slow and build up to a satisfying showdown between the Cullen alliance and the Volturi at the film's climax.
His film-making voice (supported by screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, whose pen is behind all five films) matches that of novelist Stephenie Meyer: melodramatic, touched by melancholy.